Summer is the perfect season for indulging in deliciously fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets are packed with round, delectable tomatoes and peaches bursting with flavor. But what if you’re craving something a little bit different this summer? Here are five amazing new foods that you’ve got to try at least once this season!
This vibrantly colored fruit is actually a member of the cactus family. It’s hot pink and green skin gives way to a crunchy, sweet white flesh that tastes similar to a pear or a kiwi.
How To Use: Try dragon fruit in a smoothie or juice drink.
Blood oranges are a delicious variation on traditional oranges and have deep scarlet red sections hidden beneath the customary orange skin. Packed full of the antioxidant anthocyanin (the component responsible for its maroon colored flesh), this fruit is sweeter than your average orange.
How To Use: Blood oranges are excellent when eaten like a typical orange, or you can juice them to make a healthy, delicious tasting fresh blood orange juice.
Do you love the flavor of grapefruit but hate how bitter it can be? Try a red pummello. Their flavor is quite similar to that of a grapefruit, but are significantly sweeter.
How To Use: These are easy to peel, and you can eat like a typical grapefruit with just a light dusting of sugar. You can also add them to juices instead of oranges or other citrus fruit.
White asparagus has the same flavor as your typical green asparagus, but are much more tender and considered a delicacy in Europe. This type of asparagus is actually grown without exposing the plant to the sun’s rays, which keeps it from producing green chlorophyll.
How To Use: Steam or grill like traditional asparagus. White asparagus will maintain its blanched appearance even after cooking. Do not overcook, or they will become soggy.
A tomatillo is a staple in Mexican cuisine and looks like a little, firm green tomato with a thin husk. They are more tart than a typical tomato and have a full, round flavor.
How To Use: Chop and add to Mexican dishes. Tomatillos are more flavorful when cooked until soft.
This summer, keep an eye out for new foods you can try. More fruits and vegetables are available in the summer, and you can create a truly diversified diet rich in nutrients simply by trying foods you’ve never tried before!
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